Hot air balloon crashes in the area are rare. Even more rare, however, is a hot air balloon that crashes into a freight train.

That’s exactly what happened Tuesday in downtown Burlington.

The crash, which left the three occupants of the balloon with “life-threatening injuries,” is among the top stories in this week’s Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week



DEALING WITH THE FALLOUT: After dealing with two incidents that inflamed emotions and anxiety in the community last week, Burlington Area School District officials said they are doing their best to deal with the fallout.


COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 2 for a Burlington man allegedly found with thousands of pornographic images and multiple child pornography images and videos. Jeremy A. Cecil, 41, was charged May 25 in Racine County Circuit Court with 12 counts of possession of child pornography.


PROBE REQUESTED: U.S. Rep Bryan Steil has requested a federal review of the recently reported mistreatment of veterans who live at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove.


APARTMENTS EYED: A property on Midwood Drive in Burlington could be rezoned to make way for a multi-family residential development under an ordinance the Common Council plans to consider on June 7.


PLAYOFF VICTORY: On Tuesday night in a regional opener at eighth-seeded Stoughton, the Burlington girls soccer team proved it on the field. Burlington dominated the host Vikings with a 3-1 victory – its first playoff win since 2019 – in a match where Stoughton didn’t score until the final five minutes.